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♪ bodies litter the streets of gaza after an israeli attack on a crowded neighborhood. the israelis are burning everything. they are pounding the entire area. >> they run for their lives. they are nowhere to go. gasns desperately searching for somewhere safe. >> israel says 13 soldiers have been killed in gaza in the last 24 hours t and black box found pro-russian robles recover a flight recorder from the wreckage of the downed malaysian airliner. ♪ hello.
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you are watching al jazeera live from doha. the israeli tammy confirmed 13 of its soldiers have been killed on the gaza strip on sunday. israel has been intensifying bombardment of gaza since it launch launched its ground offensive. at least sixty people have been killed in one neighborhood of gaza, pounded. excuse me -- overnight and on sunday. the red cross was allowed in to retrieve bodies. more than 400 palestinians have been killed in 12 days of israel attacks more than 100 of them are children. people have been fleeing their homes t hardly able, any of them, to find somewhere safe to go. ambulances have been struggling to reach the injured. the wounded and wailing families stream into hospitals without evened. the health ministry spokesmen saying the medical shortages are
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catastrophic. the worst h hit area, the humanitarian area was briefly in effect. charles stratford reports. dead bodies sprawled over gazan streets. victims of israel's military assault. al jazeera has no way of verifying the amateur video. the israeli army said it had warned residents of the shujayea neighborhood to evacuate. it's been concentrating air and artillery attacks against it says are hamas targets. there is no safe place here for people to run to. >> translator: i have come from shujayea. the israelis are pounding the entire area, forcing people out. >> babies are also among the injured civilians being rushed
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to this hospital. ambulance have struggled to reach the injured so people are forced to drive the wounded for treatment, themselves. there are efforts to allow pa paramedics to the area. these efforts were totally rejected by the israeli occupation forces. >> the bodies are wrapped in white cloth, piled up in the morgue. the dead and injured keep coming as israel pounds the palestinian territory from the land, air and sea. the military assault on gaza has been steadily more intention over the past few days. >> we accuse the israeli occupation of it creating a heinous massacre in the east of gaza. it is a war crime in the fullest sense of the word. dozens of women and children are killed. hundreds wounded. houses are leveled to the ground and the residents, it is not possible to vacate the dead or
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wounded as we speak. >> they say they are targeting hamas tunnels. it accuses hamas of using humans as human shields. as they moved in to one of the most depositionly populated areas in the world, more than 1 and a half million palestin-stans dropped, there are very few places innocent civilians can hide. charles stratford, al jazeera. >> let's bring in nicole johnson who is in gaza and give us the latest. what are you seeing? what are you hearing? >> well, the latest israeli how the people of shujayea and the other neighborhood of gaza city are now trying to deal with the fact that their neighborhood has been pounded. earlier in the day, around 6:00 a.m., i saw thousands of people walking out of that area. they walked about four kilometers after enduring the very heavy, hard night of tension shelling and people had n nothing on them.
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they were literally walking out, daz he hzed. most said they had nowhere where to go. they are terrified after what they experienced during the nighttime emergency crews have been trying to get in, as you said, during that humanitarian pause to pull out bodies to reach the injured and now, it's at that case of waiting to see what the night will bring, whether we are going to have just as heavy firing. >> what's the story, nicole, about why the people were still there when the israeli military had dropped leaflets two days ago, they say, they sent texts messages saying: get out, get out, get out. and hamas told the people there to stay. i asked hamas whether that was true and they said, no, the israelis are lying. what are you hearing? >> reporter: it's difficult to know exactly the truth behind these sorts of allegations. what we do know is that the people who lived on the most
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eastern part of shujayea and shaf had heeded that advice from the leaflets and they had moved out. shujayea is a very large neighborhood and, you know, it's a big area. it's not as though -- it's a very large area so people on the eastern part had left. but closer to gaza city, people there perhaps thought that they were safe. they thought that perhaps their eastern area would be hit, but where they were would be okay. those people had stayed behind. overs who have decided to remain behind in their neighborhoods they satisfy they believe nowhere is safe so they may as well stay where they are. today, we have had leaflets dropped into the neighborhoods of magazi and bridge. these are also on the eastern part of the gaza strip. they are south of shujayea. so when you look at it on a map, it does look as though the israel military might be moving down, sort of southeast earn
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part of gaza. you know, we have had attacks on other areas, shujayea, shaf and now these warnings to these two other neighborhoods and people there are being told to move to an area called di abala, in central gaza. >> thank you, nicole. on west jerusalem, you can update on the latest israeli casualty figure there, i understand. >> reporter: well, the israeli military has connell firmed that in the past 24 hours alone, 13 soldiers have been killed. that will brings the total number of soldiers killed to 18. seventeen of those under its one killed by so-called friendly fire. we don't have any more details on one killed overnight whether it was one pacific incident but we know that hamas has said its
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fighters ambushed israel troops and detonated explosives on a vehicle in gaza. on terms of how lo how likely ts is to look towards an didn't it, the numbers may not seem that big compared to hundreds of palestinian civilians but for the israeli military this will be a heavy loss indeed. remember that military service is mandatory here so most families have a soldier in saying that the israeli chief of staff had essentially warned there was expansion of this operation that there would be a heavy price to pay. thank you, kim vinnell. i spoke earlier to a hamas leader and spokesman who said the pal stanian terms are in his opinion prudent and not a an attempt to discredited israel. >> the pal stannians, lots of
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palestinians killing the other side and perhaps, i believe the initiative which was proposed. provides him whenever he wants. they guarantee to protect the palestinians. this is not acceptable. no one will accept that. i believe the new efforts, the new political efforts, which is happening now with americans, the united nations and other countries is really going towards the target directly. >> let me ask you. >> hamhas has done the first to make this short and are willing to have it as soon as can be. >> let me ask you specifically about what we are seeing on our screens right now. shujayea, the neighborhood of gaza city, badly damaged, a
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great many people have lost their lives there. when i spoke to mark ragaf -- you know him, the israeli prime minister's spokesman a short while ago. he said they dropped leaflets saying to the people they should get out. they sent them text messages saying they should get out and he maintains that hamas in that area told the people not to leave their homes. he says they were told to stay where they were. what's your response to that? >> he is totally lying. what happened, the people started to leave, and when the streets were full, they started shooting the people. if the people rejected to leave their houses or hamas prevented them to leave, they were supposed to be found in their houses. as you saw on the pictures, they were killed in the streets while they were leaving.
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they gave them the chas to leave and then they shoot them to kill them on purpose because they have lost more than 70 soldiers killed and injured and they want to punish the palestinians for that. >> we bring in daniel taub, israel's ambassador to the united kingdom. mr. ambassador, thank you for joining us. i also said to osama hamda: what are your conditions for a cease-fire? he said release of prisonsers, certain prisoners, the lifting of the siege. i said israel is not going to accept that. was i right? >> what we want is simple: a sus tapeable period of quiet, a situation where we don't have 75% of israelis who have to live their lines within reach of bomb shelters, not threatened by l g long-range missiles. >> i don't mean to be rude. we have heard this from everyone who gives the israeli side.
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conditions for a cease-fire. hamas is saying, release of prisoners. hamas is saying there has to be a lifting of the siege. what are a what are your thoughts on that? >> our thoughts are that the most important thing that needs to happen at the moment is that the rockets and the missiles from gaza on israel needs to stop. when that stops t anything by israel needs to stop. our request to hamas all the way along, right from the very beginning -- >> we are in a vicious cycle, aren't we? because you are saying you will stop when they stop. they say they won't stop until you agree to these conditions and you say we won't agree to anything until you stop. what's going to end this? >> david, it's not a cycle. it's really not a cycle. the skiptsdz of southern israel have been living with rockets falling on them and we have done nothing because we have been acting with restraint. earlier this week, we had a cease-fire proposal. it was put the together by egypt. it was supported by the united
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nations and the arab league. not only did we accept that but actually, we spent most of the day not defending ourselves, not firing in order to allow that cease-fire to take root. what we were met with was a continued barrage of rockets by hamas. unless we can find a way to stop these rockets, as we say, someone has to stop them. if you don't stop themselves, we are going to have to. >> let me ask you from a personal point of view, mr mr. ambassador, as every israeli does, you served your time in the military. you were combat medic. you know what it's like to see trauma. when you see the pictures of those people being taken to hospitals in gaza and you know there isn't enough, either in terms of medical supplies or personnel to treat them there and that they are going to die, what do you think? >> we are absolutely heart broken. genuinely. the fact is just today, we have set up outside the areas crossing point, at the areas' crossing point a field hospital
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which is manned by israelis specifically to treat palestinians. but the tragedy is when you have a situation, you know, we use our weapons to protect our civilians. what ham as is doing is it's genuinely using civilians to protect weapons. this terrible tragedy that's happened today in this area of shujayea, this is the most densely populated area of gaza close to israel from which most of the highest percentage of missiles are launched on israel. 130 rockets launched from the heart of civilian areas where we have -- where we have hamas tunnels, 10 of which we know about which are beneath the houses of civilians. in a situation like that, the best thing that you can do, as you have been reporting, the best thing that you can do is ask the civilians to get out of the equation. you drop leaflets. you make phone calls. you beg them to get out and contrary to what your hamas interviewer said, there have been clear statements by hamas from the mosques, on the radio, by the leadership telling, instructing, ordering the citizens of that area to stay
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behind, not just the citizens. your reporters can report that even the reporters still have been forced to remain behind in these areas. we have hamas who is hiding its weapons in schools, firing on schools. we find ourselves in the impossible situation of having to try to protect our civilians and, also, limit the damage to the palestinian civilians that hamas doesn't care about. >> you seem to have to do this every few years. since i have been sitting here at al jazeera, this is at least number 3. can you smash hamas militarily this time as you have stated? >> you know, david, if you look at the area in which we find ourselves and you can look at many of the countries around us, we find ourselves with conflicts that don't have any sort of simple solution where really, you know, sometimes, we are attaining a sustainable period of quiet is not a bad achievement in an area of enormous complexity but we also have to remember that the last time israel sent ground forces in to gaza back in 2009, part of
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the arrangement was a u.n. security council resolution in which the international community committed itself to try to set up a framework of stopping of smuggling weapons into gaza. there are 12,000 rockets, large numbers of launchers. we have seen drones and so on and so forth. so, i think there is a tremendous challenge to the whole of the international community. how can we make sure that gas doesn't present this threat, that these weapons are removed. >> mr. ambassador, daniel taub, ambassador for israel to the united kingdom, thank you. >> not at all. thank you. >>. pro-russia separatists have recovered the black box flight recorders from the downed malaysian airline flights mh-17.
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rebecca sein reports. >> reporter: these are the first images of onet flight recorders from mh-17 in the hand of an emergency worker, filmed a day after the plane came down in eastern ukraine. the leader of the main separatist group says the black boxes are now under his control. and that they will be handed over to international authorities. >> translator: those objects have been delivered to dondon and remain under my control. we wait for experts, in this case, the international civil aviation organization, and we are ready to hand over those technical objects from the pla plane. >> reporter: three days after the tragedy, more than 200 bodies have been recovered. but there is outrage over the way they have been handled. on sunday, rebels reportedly forced emergency workers to hand over dozens of bodies and loaded them on to refrigerated train cars in terez, 15 kilometers away. monitors from the european security organization, the osce, verified the bodies were from
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the malaysian airliner. >> i don't want to be too gruesome but it's a very, very difficult scene to watch. we were told that for the time being, those cars will it be stationary and that they were wondering when the experts will had been arriving to start processing the bodies. but i think the kind of thinking is, is that the cars should be taken to territory and processed there. >> ukraine has set up a crisis center 300 kilometers away but for now, the most pressing concern is securing official access to the scene. the vast site, with bodies of more than 100 people remain. rebecca singh, al jazeera. >> all on board were killed in a separatist held area about 50 kilometers from the russian border. the wreckage is strewn across at least 15 square kilometers.
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let's get more from that. more from the crash scene at grab grab. >> behind us is the cockpit in the first class cabon. when we arrived here this morning, it was relatively intact. intact as wreckage could be but during the day t rescue workers have been here tearing apart the wreckage. they say they were searching for a body which they would was inside taking away decomb posing bodies is crucial with the weather, the sun and the cold. but at the same time, it is actually going to hamper the investigation of this crash site because they are tampering with crucial evidence before the investigators even made it to the site, and they haven't made it to the site as of yet. only observers have been to this site and others around this countryside but the investigators from the netherlands, interpol and
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malaysia are still not here in eastern ukraine. >> our diplomatic editor james bays in london for us right now. you have news on something that may be happening across the atlantic. >> a lot of diplomatic movements. let me tell you about new york first because we are hearing that there is work going on adrafted resolution. australia which lost seven 350,0007 citizens has been drawing up this draft. we believe with help from the u.k. thetrast refers to access and accountability. it says investigators need to have unfetterred access to the assign. it says there needs to be account ability a coatt vote can
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be held as early as monday. a headache for vladimir peatin becauseutin because his government won't like a veto. it won't like the wording in this text and more problems come from europe, on brussels on tuesday because eu foreign ministers are meeting. there is talk of even tougher sanctions. problems ahead in the coming days and a big decision of the u.n., what will they do if that resolution comes to a vote. james bays in london. iraqi government forces are battling to regain control of major towns and cities kurdish people are trying to shape their future. a viability of a possible kurdish state. >> these days could be the last for iraq to remain united.
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kurd tissues are preparing for self determination. >> we have suffered a lot as kurds. it's our right stoor for our own state. >> arrangements and technicalities are being worked outed? >> we will hold our referendum in the disputed areas that have come under our control and at the second stage, we will decide our future as an independent nation or as part of federal iraq. >> the kurdish region has enjoyed autonomy since 1991 but remained largely stable after the occupation of iraq in 2003. the discovery of oil reserves and building a pipeline to export oil has revived kurdish aspirations of index. kurds made territory yam gales
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when fighters from the islamic state and sunni rebels and a number of cities and towns. kurdish forces moved in to control all of the areas that it had disputes with the central government in baghdad. they controlled kirkuk including oil fields. >> the kurdish region exports between 100,000 and 150,000 barrels of oil every day. it hopes to reach half a million barelies a day by the end of 2014. with plans to increase protection even further. that, kurdish officials say would sustain the vooibltty of their much awaited state. >> the natural resources committed in the compartish parliament says the region is rich. >> we have 5% of the world's oil reserves. we have many resources. we are confid he want we have different resources to pay for our needs. >> with the kurdish regional
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government having problems, too, it remains largely dependent on the federal government in baghdad for its budget. it lacks necessary infrastructure for increasing oil production capacity. the enclave's economic vieability relies on surrounding countries that are opposed to the creation after kurdish state. the decision to declare kurdish state may lie in the hands of kurdish leaders, but the state's survival will depend upon regional and international powers. >> it is 40 years since turkish forces invaded cyprus, an event that divided the island along ethnic lines with turkish ciprates in the north and greek in the south. the president called for fresh talks to reunite both sides. well, in a moment, we will hear from paul brennan in the turkish-occupied north. but first, simon mcgregor wood
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has this report from the south. >> every year, the sirens sound, 5:30 a.m. greek sipriates marking the moments turkish forces gain. they main cemetery, they mourn those killed in the fighting. white crosses for the 6,000 soldiers who fell. over 1600 greek ciprianss went messing. a wreath is laid with ligeadersf other political parties. this ancient church has served as a rememberance, led by cyprus's arch bin. >> i feel like the invasion happened today. a huge country invaded cyprus. nobody cared. not the united nations, not the european union that claims its democratic. >> this is a day dominated by feelings of loss and mourning but they are matched by
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frustration and anger that the politicians on this side seem unable or unwilling to solve the cyprus problem. for the latest on how this day is commemorated on the turkish side of this divide, i hand over to my colleague, paul brennan who is in turkish-opinikayputed area. >> the memories of the 20th of july are those south of the green lined. the soldiers who landed on that beach in northern cyprus came for salvation. >> turkey sent troops to defend turkish-speaking cipriats targeted and killed bile greek mali were a. a debt of gratitude was visible in the crowd cheering on the modern day military regments. turkish president told them the results of the military invasion had been 40 years of peace on the island. but he admitted the status quo cannot go on forever and we will not allow it to go on forever
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many share the same frustration and request whether the soldiers are really still needed here there is the real common ground between greek and turkish cipriatss. both sides met just this week. the leaders are scheduled to meet next week. a sustainable deal cannot be parachuted in. it takes willingness to compromise. there is scant evidence of that at the moment. turkish occupied northern cyprus. >> the u.s. government has more than 15,000 inform answer the question nationwide. little is known about how they are used within the u.s. counter terrorism program. a new investigation by al jazeera into this network shed light on a shadowy world of domestic spies. here is a preview from our investigative reporter, trevor. >> this is a rare glimpse of an
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fbi informant hard at work, encouraging a man to smuggle computers. >> ask them if they need laptops because that's how the brothers are communicate, you know, e-mail. >> this never before scene video is part of an al jazeera investigation of undercover informants. they are central to a controversial counter terrorism program that lures muslim men into plots concocted by the fbi. >> the f.b.i. thought i was the greatest informant on the planet earth. >> craig montary acknowledge that informant led operations target young men who are vulnerable but not necessarily dangerous. >> they are some unfortunate fool that got caught up in a sting operation. >> test, test, one. >> the informant policy rarely has been challenged. al jazeera's investigation raises concerns that since the 9-11 attacks, the u.s. government is provoking crimes
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that otherwise would not occur. >> to what extent did the f.b.i. have a role in enticing, inducing, luring these individuals into the crime? the initial sent of who is pushing what agenda is still a gray area. >> rothschild augusten was convicted of providing material support to al-qaeda. in his case, the only connection to al-qaeda was a paid fbi informant who was posing as an operative. >> i am representing the sheik osama bin laden. >> he spent scenario years in prison. it's speaking for the first time publically about the case ? >> look for who you are looking for. make sure they are what you are trying to make them to be. don't bend and break your rules just, you know, to try to catch the bad guy. you are being crooked as the people you are chasing. >> rocket child augustine is more than 1 of 200 people caught by the f f.b.i. since 911.
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despite public concerns about civil liberties, the f.b.i. is committed to developing new inform optised in muslim communities across the nation. trevorarianson, al jazeera washington. >> take a look at our website, that's ♪